Though Sarah Palin has been portrayed by the mainstream media as someone who only relates with far-right Republicans, many of her ideas bridge the gap between the two political parties and appeal to many Main Street Americans, The New York Times reported.
Palin took a swipe at the entire political establishment at a Tea Party event in Iowa, and drew praise from individuals who would normally be associated with the left.
The former Vice Presidential candidate remarked that the U.S. was governed by a “permanent political class” that is cut off from the concerns of Main Street Americans. She also noted the alliance between these leaders and big business through corporate crony capitalism and the lack of accountability for these politicians, according to the Times.
This rhetoric drew backing from a left-wing crusader that has long been a champion of consumer rights, Ralph Nader.
“I think she’s a lot smarter than most people credit her,” Nader told Salon of Palin. “Judging by her comments, she is squarely in the camp of conservative populism, opposed to corporatism and its corporate state.”
He applauded her efforts against the big oil companies while she was Governor of Alaska, and noted that she was more in touch with the average American than most political figures, according to the news outlet.